Dear T-Swizzle (Am I able to call you T-Swizzle?),
How are you today? Are you feeling like you’re 22? I wish I could have written you this letter under better circumstances. I’m writing you this letter because you did the unthinkable. Last week, I call it the week from hell, you decided to pull your discography from Spotify because “you don’t want to contribute your life’s work to an experiment that doesn’t fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music.” Now, I don’t have the problem with that because that’s the gray area of Spotify. Whenever I use Spotify, I thought that same thing to myself, as well as why am I listening to Kim Kardashian’s song. The thing I had a problem with was the following statement you told Yahoo:
I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free
Before I even touch that statement, I would just like to point out that I’m actually a fan of yours. I have listened to all of your albums-the good and the bed (yes, there is a few bad albums). I even own your live album (it was amazing). But that statement is what’s wrong with the American music industry today. It isn’t about the music itself but rather the money. Music is valuable to the people listening to it, no matter if its free or paid, because of the feelings that it causes when the person listens to it. Think about how many people connect with the music you make. Isn’t that more important than money?
I don’t know if you remember but artists back in the day would kill, literally and figuratively, for something like Spotify. People just wanted to get their music out and for it to be heard (That might be a shocker for you to hear). In high school, did you make music to get famous and make money or did you just want to do it for fun? Spotify allows people to experience new music without having the fear of them wasting money on something they don’t want/like (Would you rather they just download it illegally??). It’s kinda like dating, something that you should know a lot about.
Spotify allows the person to get to know the artist’s music and see if they are willing to commit to buying the album. I know I used it before I purchased certain albums that I was iffy about (.i.e. the NKOTB album, your album “Red” to name a few).
So I ask of you to reconsider your choice to pull your music from Spotify because frankly, it just makes you look like a music snob who goes on too many dates. I’m not trying to hate hate hate but you need to not worrying about the money and focus more on the music because your last two albums didn’t do so hot compared to your earlier ones *drops mic*
What’s your opinion on Taylor’s decision? Do you agree or Disagree? Let us know in the comments below.